We can't believe it. DuShon Monique Brown, who played Chief Boden's assistant Connie on the hit TV show Chicago Fire, passed away on March 23. The actress was just 49 years old, and had sought out medical help recently for chest pains, according to TMZ. Docs released her, and she apparently went into cardiac arrest in her home today. According to the Chicago Tribune, she passed away "a little after 12 p.m. at St. James Olympia Field Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office." Her cause of death is not yet available.
DuShon has been on the cast of Chicago Fire since the very start of the show in 2012. The show is currently in the middle of its sixth season, and DuShon will likely be seen in several more episodes to come. "The Chicago Fire family is devastated to lose one of its own,” EP Dick Wolf said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with DuShon's family and we will all miss her.” She also spent two years on the show Prison Break from 2005 until 2007.
DuShon was more than just an actress. She was a beloved mom, sister, and school counselor in Chicago. On top of being the school's crisis counselor, she also lead the Drama Starz Program and was a beloved member of the community. The principal even sent out an email to parents so they could let their kids know. Our heart goes out to DuShon's family in this terrible time.